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Patriots vs. Broncos Wednesday injury report: Four projected as limited for New England

The Patriots went remote on Wednesday as the Broncos near.

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The New England Patriots did not take to the practice fields, nor the Gillette Stadium facility, on Wednesday after receiving word that cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for coronavirus.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year had taken every snap in the delayed Monday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Gilmore, who announced he is currently asymptomatic, becomes the third Patriot placed on the Covid-19 reserve list since last weekend, following quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Bill Murray.

But New England released its initial injury report based on projection for next Sunday’s scheduled 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff against the Denver Broncos.

Four members of the active roster would have been limited participants.


  • Patriots: no players listed
  • Broncos: WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring), TE Noah Fant (ankle), DT Mike Purcell (knee), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep)

If New England practiced on Wednesday, there would have been no new absences aside from those recently moved to the Covid-19 reserve list as well as injured reserve.

As for the Broncos, head coach Vic Fangio told reporters via video conference that Hamler will be sidelined for the trip to Foxborough due to a hamstring injury. The No. 46 overall pick out of Penn State has caught six passes for 78 yards.


  • Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee), OT Isaiah Wynn (calf), G Shaq Mason (calf), DT Adam Butler (shoulder)
  • Broncos: QB Drew Lock (right shoulder), CB Davontae Harris (hamstring)

Each of New England’s hypothetically limited was ruled questionable for Week 4 versus Kansas City. Only Mason, who hadn’t missed an offensive down this season, went to the inactives due to a calf injury. And at left tackle, Wynn stayed in for all 75.

Lock returned to Broncos practice in a partial capacity on Wednesday. The starting quarterback hasn’t played since suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder on Sept. 20, leaving the Denver depth chart standing with Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel and Blake Bortles.


  • Patriots: no players listed
  • Broncos: RB Phillip Lindsay (foot), CB Bryce Callahan (wrist), S Trey Marshall (wrist)

No Patriots were forecasted as full participants.

But Denver’s ground game is on track to include a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher in Lindsay, who practiced fully. A toe issue has held the former undrafted free agent and Pro Bowler out of the lineup since his exit in the season opener.